Chicken thieves make off with 100 hens from a North Yorkshire village

Thieves have feathered their nests by making off with 100 hens from a North Yorkshire village.

Thieves have stolen 100 chickens from a property in Milby near Boroughbridge

They stole 100 Warren breed chickens from a rural property in Milby near Boroughbridge.

The theft happened between 8.30pm on Wednesday and 8.30pm on Thursday.

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Warrens are the chickens normally used commercially for egg-laying.

As well as producing large amounts of eggs - around 320 a year - they are also said to be friendly, inquisitive and easy to handle.

They cost around £10 to £15 for a "point of lay" bird - ie one that has yet to lay an egg.

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